The Center for the Environment (C4E) serves to better connect faculty and students across departments and disciplines, strengthen support for innovative projects, and increase the impact of Purdue's work on important environmental issues. We work closely with campus faculty to integrate interdisciplinary environmental education and training with research. The C4E also promotes campus sustainability activities in partnership with the Purdue University Office of Sustainability.
Our mission is to promote proactive, interdisciplinary research, learning, and engagement at Purdue addressing important environmental challenges.
The C4E is an integral part of Purdue's Global Sustainability Institute (GSI). Through the GSI, the Center for the Environment, Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Energy Center, Water Community, the Center for Global Food Security, and the US-China EcoPartnership for Sustainability are connecting existing expertise at Purdue with a pressing grand challenge issue and form the core of the institute. The Institute, established in 2010, provides a structure to maximize the interconnectedness and success of these centers, with particular emphasis on projects aimed at meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.